Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Weekend Snack Pack
Program for Children

The Women’s Cornerstone Team XIV is collecting donations for the Weekend Snack Pack Program on October 1st and 2nd before and after all masses. Many children, who receive free or reduced price school meals, do not get adequate nutrition on the weekends. We will be collecting donations in the Gathering Space at the Saturday evening mass and on Sunday up to 2 PM. Please help feed our local, hungry children by donating any of the items listed below:

2% Milk box, 8 oz. – non-flavored, shelf stable
Cold cereal – 1 oz. – single serve Cheerios preferred
Fruit cup, 4 oz. – applesauce preferred
100% juice box, 6.75 oz. – apple preferred
Microwaveable bowl, 7.25 oz. – Chef Boyardee or similar
Macaroni & Cheese, 7.25 oz.
Nutri-Grain snack bar, 1.3 oz. – apple preferred.

All donations must be CHOCOLATE FREE & NUT FREE.
Monetary donations or ShopRite gift cards are also appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support.


MOMS Group
Fall Clothing Swap

It’s that time again! As you switch out the summer clothes for winter ones, please take some time to weed out those gently used clothes you no longer need. We will be collecting gently worn maternity and children’s clothing in the parish center on Friday, October 7th from 3pm-7pm. On Saturday, October 8th come to the Parish Center and “shop” for free from 9am-12pm. You do not need to donate any clothes in order to shop. Please feel free to contact Megan Tankard for any questions at


Journey Through the
Gospel of Matthew

Journey Through the
Gospel of Matthew

October 24 – November 21

On the First Sunday of Advent the Church will enter into a new liturgical year. The seasons of the liturgical year helps us celebrate the life, death and resurrection — the Paschal Mystery — of Jesus.

In the upcoming year, we will listen the Gospel stories of Matthew. During the five weeks leading up to Advent, we are offering an introduction to the gospel of Matthew on:

Monday mornings 10:00 – 11:15
October 24 – November 21

Parish Center

Please register below or call the rectory (201-261-3366), no later than October 19.

Please bring a bible with you. If you do not have a bible, one will be provided for you. Contact Chris Black at: or 201-261-3366 x206, if you have any questions.


Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
to the Cathedral Basilica

Join us for the
St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage To
The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pope Francis has granted a Special Jubilee of Mercy Grace to pilgrims who pass through the Cathedral’s Jubilee Door.

A Plenary indulgence of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven is granted to pilgrims who:

– Pray at the Door
– Attend Mass
– Receive Holy Communion

St. Peter’s Pilgrims will attend the Noon Mass with the Cathedral Choir and go on a tour of the magnificent Cathedral Basilica.

Transportation and Admission is Free.

The bus will leave the St. Peter parking lot at 10:15 a.m. and will return at 3:30 p.m.


More Info:
What is a Jubilee Year?
Pilgrimage by Pope Francis
What is a Plenary Indulgence?





St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

All who wish to participate are invited to join us. We will assemble in the parking lot On Saturday, October 8, at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


St. Peter’s Singles Support
Group – New Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on upcoming trips including Hershey, PA and Washington DC.

Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.


Feast of St. Francis
Blessing of Animals

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a BLESSING OF ANIMALS

All pets are welcome!

Tuesday, October 4 — 4:00 p.m. by the outdoor Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the front of the church.


CYO Basketball

K thru 12 CYO Basketball Registration will take place Sunday, September 11 thru Sunday, October 9.

Take advantage of the early registration discount and register today.

Register Here


Evening of Peace
and Friendship

Find some peace in your busy life…

Come and celebrate Scripture and each other in our St. Peter’s community.

Evenings of Peace & Friendship  are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month all year long and are  open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends.

We start promptly at 7:30pm and end by 9:00pm. 

We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Then spend some time discussing, hearing a Reflection.  Afterwards, all are invited to stay and mingle over Wine/Beer/Cheese/Dessert.

You can come as often you wish…
There’s no-commitment and nothing to join.

All we ask is that you would please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare.  Use the handy form below or E-mail us directly at:

Next gathering
Tuesday, October 11
7:30-9:00 in the Parish Center
Theme:  TBA


A Peaceful Escape Article found in The Networker by Annmarie Rudis

When you think of a peaceful escape, where are you?  Are you at the beach?  Who are you with?  Are you alone?  Personally, I’ve never sought out peace before I became a stay at home mom with 3 children.  I always wanted to be surrounded by friends and fun.  Now, I long for moments of solitude and quiet.  We are all so busy!  The phone is always making noise and everyone is always yelling and rushing.

When I was a child in Catholic school, the priests and nuns always pointed out how many hours we spend doing things.  They asked us, “Can’t we give God 1 hour per week?”  Mass is a peaceful escape.  I love the music, the sense of community and the quiet.  Well, I used to until I started bringing the children.  Now, I’m constantly shushing and watching them.  Luckily, St. Peter’s has recognized the need for more peace in our lives.

The Small Christian Community Core committee began hosting “An evening of Peace & Friendship” (on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).  The evening begins with a harp player.  Can you think of anything more relaxing?  Then, the gospel is read and you can listen to it in peace!  No one is bothering you!  After that, there is time to reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  Finally, there are refreshments (this time was wine and cheese) and time set aside to enjoy with fellow parishioners.

Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in the noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence; see how nature… trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”  This is truly an opportunity to do just that.  Although it’s not set in nature, it is a haven for parishioners to spend time in Spiritual reflection, an opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, and an occasion for God to come into our lives.  It’s definitely worth checking out.  I hope to see you at the next “Evening of Peace & Friendship”!


CRS/Fair Trade Sale
of Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of October 8/9
after all Masses in the Slipe Center.


Rosary Society
The Living Rosary

Rosary Society – The Living Rosary Thursday, October 20th, 7:00 pm

The Living Rosary will be held in the Church on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm. All parishioners are welcome to join us in this beautiful, candlelight ceremony. We will be praying the Luminous Mysteries. Pray for your own special intentions and bring a family member or friend to share this experience with us.


Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.



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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter's Youth Group

Sunday, September 11th 7pm – 9pm: Youth Group Meeting, Discussion on “Religious Freedom”

Thursday, September 15th 7:30pm – 8:30pm: JoyJ Initiative Information Meeting

Saturday, September 17th 8:45am – 1:45pm: JoyJ Initiative NYC Outreach

Sunday, September 25th: Parish Carnival, No YG

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

Sept 28 - Nov 6: **40 Days for Life**

40 Days For Life is a community based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, and standing in a constant vigil outside the places where abortions are performed. Join the over 700,000 volunteers in over 636 cities and 36 nations across the world participating in 40 Days for Life.

Please consider giving one hour a week from September 28th to November 6th (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) to stand in a peaceful, prayer vigil across from an abortion facility.  In Hackensack at The Women’s Choice, 10 Zabriskie St., join pro-life prayers from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

To Sign Up:  contact Margaret Scully at 201-805-0937 or – Hackensack Schedule:  Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7AM to 2PM at 10 Zabriskie Street.

Oct. 1: 20/20 Pro Life Vision Conference

Please come to the 20/20 Vision Conference on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Rd. in Scotch Plains, NJ.  This historic, non-denominational event is designed to incrementally end abortion by collaborating with churches and educating the public about the humanity of the babies in the womb.  World-class pro-life speakers include:  Stephanie Gray (Love Unleashes Life), Maureen Condic, PhD (University of Utah), and Tina Whittington (Students for Life).  $50 per person before September 15, $65 thereafter.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 973-497-4500 or visit for more information.  This initiative has the support of the NJ Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Catholic H.S. Open House Schedule


Open House at Saint Peter’s Prep

Saint Peter’s Preparatory School will be holding its 2016 Fall Open House on Sunday, October 2, from 1:00 – 4:00 at the school’s campus in historic downtown Jersey City. Faculty and staff as well as coaches, students and parents, will be present to answer questions about the school, and tours of the campus will be provided. Founded in 1872, Saint Peter’s Prep is an independent, college preparatory school for boys and it remains New Jersey’s only Jesuit high school. For more information on the Fall Open House, please call 201-547-6389.









St. Vincent Academy
Newark, NJ

Are you interested in your daughter attending a college preparatory school? Look no further than Saint Vincent Academy. Located in Newark, NJ, our girls step into a rigorous academic program, while holding strong values of sisterhood and service. Come and see for yourself! Our open house dates this Fall are:
Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8 pm
Tuesday, October 18th from 6-8 pm
Sunday November 6th from 2-4 pm

For additional information visit our website at, or contact us at (973) 622-1613. We hope to see you soon!







LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Oct. 14-16: Gennesaret Retreat

Gennesaret Retreat for those who live with life changing illness

Have you ever wanted to make a retreat but have been unable because of illness or disability? Consider the Gennesaret Retreat held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in Kearney, NJ, to be held on October 14-16, 2016. There is no cost to you for the Retreat. For further information, call:

Hilare Reinold: 732-566-7237
Maire Merritt: 908-290-9248
Peggy Walsh: 908-499-7667
Linda Capobianco: 732-608-7277

Benedictine Sisters Retreats Schedule

The Benedictine Sisters invite alumnae to Benedictine Academy Alumnae Retreat at the Monastery on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Cost: $30 includes lunch. To register contact: Barbara Arminio La Mort ’67 908-987-0048,

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ offers “Laudato Si” October 29, 9AM-3:30 PM.

All are invited to join us in reflecting on major themes of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si to find practical ways to care for the earth. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, October 28-30. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028,

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Lord Teach Us to Pray,” November 26, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Jesus responded to this request by teaching the Our Father. What can this beautiful prayer reveal to us about our own prayer? how have Christians prayed through the centuries? $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, November 25-27. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Gospel Images of Mary” an Advent Retreat, December 17, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Artists have portrayer Mary in many ways. Let us go to the Gospel source to look more closely at Mary who kept all things in her heart and was blessed because she believed. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 16-18. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Saturday eve until 1 PM Sunday.

Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Catholic Cruises thru Feb 2017

Remember we have a Priest on board every Holland America Sailing. Call us at 860-399-1785 to help us make your religious journey special

October 3 – October 15, 2016 (12 Nights) Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of Spain with Father John Nowak. Prices starting at $1559 per person based on double occupancy.

October 20 – October 31, 2016 (11 Nights) Journey through the Holy Land and Jordan with Father John Jamnicky. Prices starting at $2259 per person based on double occupancy.

November 5, 2016 – November 12, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riveria). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1608 for two passengers.

November 9, 2016 – November 13, 2016 (4 Nights) on Holland America’s NEW Koningsdam (Bahamas). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices Starting at $1077 for two passengers.

November 13, 2016 – November 23, 2016 (10 Nights) on Holland America’s (NEWEST SHIP) Koningsdam (Southern Caribbean Seafarer). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $2264 for two passengers.

November 18, 2016 – November 25, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1680 for two passengers.

November 25th, 2016 – December 9th, 2016 (14 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $3419 for two passengers.

November 26th, 2016 – December 3rd, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1582 for two passengers

December 3rd, 2016 – December 10th, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1565 for two passengers.

December 17, 2016 – December 24, 2016 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Westerdam (Mexican Riviera). Departing from San Diego, California. Prices starting at $1684 for two passengers.

January 7, 2017 – January 14th, 2017 (7 NIghts) on Holland America’a Eurodam (Eastern Caribbean). Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prices starting at $1477 for two passengers.

February 17th, 2017 – February 24th, 2017 (7 Nights) on Holland America’s Oosterdam (Western Caribbean). Departing from Tampa, Florida. Prices starting at $1845 for two passengers.

Catholic Cruises and Tours 41 Vernon Road East Hartford, CT 06413

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


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